Dong Hoi Vietnam

Nobody’s ever heard of it. They will, someday. Miles and miles of beach, the biggest caves in the world in a nearby park. We’re staying at a luxury hotel for $35 a night. Fresh sea breeze, cool air. It’s like Northern California. We came here to escape the smoke in Chiang Mai.


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Phong Nha Park near Dong Hoi, Vietnam


It straddles the mountains between the China Sea and the Laos border. It has the biggest caves in the world, and the massive limestone hills are covered with vegetation so that it looks like the set for a King Kong movie.

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The road south to Khe Sanh was suitable only for walking until lately when they paved it. It was nicknamed the Ho Chi Minh Trail West and is now considered one of the best motorcycle rides in Vietnam.

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